Would Liverpool not have won the match against Chelsea if its defender, Andreas Christensen was not given a red card? This a question SOJ WORLDWIDE ONLINE NEWS is asking all the supporters of Chelsea and Liverpool.
That Liverpool defeated Chelsea is no longer news, what is news are the reactions of Chelsea and Liverpool coach and the reactions of fans on both sides.
According to BBC Sport, the game’s key moment came shortly before half-time when Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was correctly shown a red card for hauling down Mane as he went through on goal.
Mane then punished Chelsea with two swift goals after the break, the second of which was the result of another calamity for Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea’s day of misery was complete when Jorginho, normally so reliable from the spot, saw his penalty saved by Alisson after Liverpool’s new £20m signing Thiago Alcantara, on as a half-time substitute, brought down Timo Werner.
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Kepa’s latest mistake was one of the talking points on Match of the Day 2 last night, with Alan Shearer casting doubt on Chelsea’s title credentials for as long as the Spaniard remains in the side.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was understandably delighted at his side’s performance.
“It’s always a tough game here. I liked the first half. It was two teams that wanted to play, create, defend and make things happen,” said the German.
“They were the dominant side without goals but then a massive game-changer in the last seconds which was good for us. We had to adapt to that and we did.
“We decided to bring Thiago on early because it was 11 v 10 and a player like him can command the rhythm. It was the perfect start for him and the boys helped him massively.”
Lampard meanwhile says he will try to boost Kepa’s confidence after his latest mistake.
“It’s a clear mistake that has cost us,” said Lampard of Kepa.
“We have to keep working, Kepa has to keep working and he has to have support around him, that’s very clear.
“Individually players need support, particularly from myself, and I give that to all the players.
“And now we’ve got to try to give him confidence, because that’s important.
“Nobody tries to make mistakes in football, that’s the nature of the game.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the game rested on Andreas Christensen’s dismissal shortly before half-time.
“For chances the first half was very even,” he said. “The red card changes the face of the game, the talk I do at half-time, and it forces me into a reshuffle. It was always going to be difficult after that.
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On the red card: “I think it could be given or not. I was perhaps surprised it was given as a yellow first. If it was given as a red straight away, you continue with that.”
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: ‘A painful brush with reality for Frank Lampard and his team by Phil Mcnulty, BBC Chief Football writer
“Frank Lampard’s £200m summer spending spree designed to move Chelsea closer to Premier League champions Liverpool was never going to bring instant results – but Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat was still a bruising, painful brush with reality.
Lampard’s immediate concern will be the replacement of Chelsea’s calamitous goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who once more flouted his £71m price tag to such an extent that it might well have had owner Roman Abramovich demanding to know who was responsible for him signing that cheque.
The Blues are now close to completing the £20m purchase of Rennes keeper Eduoard Mendy, formalities possibly hastened by the manner in which Kepa’s awful clearance gifted Sadio Mane his second goal in Liverpool’s 2-0 win.
In the wider context, Chelsea and Lampard’s negative approach came as a surprise, arguably exaggerating the already very large gulf in class between themselves and their visitors.”
There must, however, be realism and context.
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It always takes time for a clutch of new signings to settle in, for a team to adapt around them, and Chelsea’s business this summer has been extensive.
Timo Werner worked tirelessly in a hopeless cause, winning a late penalty missed by Jorginho, while Kai Havertz was taken off as Lampard reshaped his line-up after defender Andreas Christensen was correctly sent off for a panic-stricken rugby tackle on Mane just before half-time.
Chelsea’s defensive cavalry, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, are not yet ready while attacker Hakim Ziyech has been injured. The brilliant Christian Pulisic is also injured – so it is far too early to dig into Lampard’s dealings this summer.
Antonio Rudiger, strangely, was nowhere to be seen and while Fikayo Tomori did nothing wrong as a substitute, the German’s experience and physical presence might have helped. It was an exclusion that seemed at odds with Chelsea’s requirements.
What also raised eyebrows was the home side’s passive, conservative gameplan that handed impetus to Liverpool from the first whistle, something they were more than happy to accept.
Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool: Frank Lampard says Christensen red card changed everything
Chelsea got so stuck in a rigid defensive rut, hoping Werner’s pace would threaten on the counter-attack, that they could not get out.
It is madness to suggest Lampard’s men should have come out and thrown the kitchen sink at Liverpool but their approach resembled a team that would have settled for a point and hoped a bit of pace and magic might snatch all three on the break.
It was not happening. It was never happening. The Reds were too good, too ruthless and too packed with quality not to take advantage of what they were offered.
Lampard’s strategy was even more high-risk against Liverpool given the fact both his goalkeeper and the current Chelsea defence represent accidents waiting to happen, which they duly did. An already nervous defence is frayed even further by a nervous keeper.
Silva will bring experience and calm, although he will have to become accustomed to the Premier League, while Chilwell should offer more solidity than Marcos Alonso.
Chelsea will improve once these quality players bed in but this was a chance to make a powerful statement of where they want to be and they lost with a whimper, well on the way down and out even before the numerical disadvantage brought about by Christensen’s dismissal.
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